We'll soon get our first official look at the all-new Mazda 3, with the brand today releasing a revealing teaser image and confirming the new version of its best-selling small car will be unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November.
The news is hardly shocking, with Mazda earlier this month releasing a teaser clip that confirmed the new 3 would be revealed in November, and the fact the LA Show kicks off at the end of that very month made it pretty simple to join the dots.
The 3 remains Mazda's most popular car in Australia by some margin, with the Japanese brand shifting more than 24,000 units so far this years, about 4000 more than its second-placed vehicle, the CX-5 SUV. As such, expect the fourth-generation model to debut new engine and technology yet to be seen elsewhere in the range.
Details remain thin on the ground, but Mazda is promising the all-new 3 will "adopt a richer interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design", which is the brand's swooping Japanese-inspired style philosophy that appears on every car in its range. And today's teaser image points to that design language taking the shape of a new sleeker and faster roof line as it drops away to the 3's boot.
Mazda is promising the all-new 3 will "adopt a richer interpretation of Mazda’s KODO design".
It's not just looks, of course, Mazda is also promising better performance, newer and more advanced engines and "responsive control" in all driving situations. Weirdly, the brand is also promising the Mazda3 will help buyers "make the most of their natural sense of balance", which sounds exciting.
We also know already that the new 3 will feature Mazda's much-hyped SkyActiv-X compression-ignition petrol engine, which uses diesel-style compression and a supercharger to reduce fuel use by as much as 30 per cent, while boosting torque by between 10 and 30 per cent.
Other details are so far under wraps, but Carsguide will be on the ground for the unveiling, so we'll bring you the news as it happens.
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